The Easter spirit

Another holiday is nearly upon us, yet I do not expect to see or read numerous articles in the papers about getting into the Easter spirit (no pun intended). Nor do I expect to hear many folks discussing what they did on Easter Sunday the following Monday. Indeed it seems that as a society we aren’t quite sure what to do with Easter besides hand out eggs (Why eggs? What do rabbits have to do with eggs?). Assuredly, the Christian churches will present the message and meaning of Christ’s life this Sunday.

If you are not a Christian or a theist, I urge you to consider the message of Christ as a great teacher and leader. Also, I encourge you to get into the “Easter spirit.” Consider the possibilities of a society in which there is mutual respect and encouragement rather than condemnation and criticism. Christ said, “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” (Matthew 7:1-2). Through His actions and words, Christ demonstrated a totally selfless attitude and a message of unity and peace in hopes that we would consider these things and choose them for ourselves. I would hope so also. In recognition of a man who had the courage to oppose the world as it once was to pursue the reality of what it could be, I present one of His greatest teachings: “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15:12-13).

Teresa Bossert

graduate student